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Classic Books

Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby 1ST UK Edition ( Chapman and Hall )

Life and Adventures Nicholas Nickleby I always find it mesmerizing to read a classic as it first appeared, here with illustrations by Phiz. We also have the complete works. – Recommended by Kenneth
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Little Women

This is a very early printing of part one of the enduring and endearing classic. This copy has been rebound and the title is handwritten on the spine. It includes 10 pages of publisher's advertisements. Published in 1868, this would make a wonderful gift for those interested in classical literature or are true Little Women fans. – Recommended by Tracie
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Of Mice and Men (The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written)

John Steinbeck's classic novella, Of Mice and Men, has been a staple of required reading programs across the country for decades due to its exploration of themes of structural injustice, solitude, and the longing for self-determination in an often cruel world. George and Lenny, the two main characters both have lines of dialogue that pervade the social consciousness even now, over 80 years after the book's first publishing. This handsome limited edition is published by Easton Press and features high quality paper stock in full leather covers with ornate gilting and embossing to the spine. – Recommended by Ben
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Literature

Finnegans Wake

A unique book which literally changed our physical understanding of the universe. Finnegans Wake, the last novel of the revolutionary James Joyce, is a marvel of language and myth, the blending of dreams with reality; but this was the personal copy of 1969 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Murray Gell-Mann, who won for his discovery of quarks, which he named from a passage in Finnegans Wake. – Recommended by Charlie
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The Subterraneans

The rare hardcover edition of The Subterraneans, the novel immediately following On The Road and one of the more overlooked of the classic Kerouac novels. A clean copy, the subdued presentation by a second-tier publisher emphasizes the underground nature of a writer most people consider a totem of American letters. But he was never mainstream, and in this slim volume recounting, as always, adventures with characters famous and obscure, one can glimpse the possibilities of an alternative lifestyle in the height of American conformity and mass culture. Watch for depictions of Gore Vidal and William Gaddis, in addition to the usual cast of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs.– Recommended by Charlie
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The Fountainhead (Great Books of the 20th Century)

A stunningly beautiful set for four Ayn Rand classics, containing Atlas Shrugged (in two volumes), The Fountainhead, and We The Living/Anthem (two titles collected in a single volume). Uniformly bound in royal blue leather with gilt-stamped accents and hubbed spines. Printed on archival quality paper with gilded edges and silk ribbon page markers. Four unused official Easton Press book-plates included. For any savant of philosophical literature, these volumes, very rarely seen collected together in a uniform set, make for a truly unique and coveted addition to the serious collector’s library. – Recommended by Kyle
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Sabre Jet Ace (The American Adventure Series)

Although fictionalized, the premise is based off an actual true ace pilot, Joseph C. McConnell. This story follows his tour during the Korean War. It's an illustrated story of one of the best, distinguished ace pilots to fly. – Recommended by Sam
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Love in the Sun

I chose this book because it's a great classic romance. I like romance books with drama. This would make a great gift for a classic book collector of dramas. – Recommended by Karen
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Art

Chuck Close

Throughout his career, painter Chuck Close dealt with the tensions between hyper-realism and abstraction with a wholly distinct style of portraiture, massive in scale. Sadly, this one-of-a-kind artist recently passed, leaving a breathtaking body of work. This book, a retrospective signed by the artist himself, would make a handsome addition to any collection. – Recommended by Lane
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LINOTYPE FACES - Specimen Book

Founder Ottmar Mergenthaler, the inventor of the first linecasting machine, Linotype, which has for more than 100 years been synonymous with high quality typefaces authored this extraordinary volume. This historic look at that time is eye candy for those interested in design, printing, and art. An ultimate coffee table book and reference. – Recommended by Kenneth
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History

Unbought and Unbossed

The autobiography of Shirley Chisholm, the first black Congresswoman, signed by the woman herself. – Recommended by Connie
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Olympia 1936, Book 2 (Die Olympischen Spiele 1936, Band II)

The 1936 Olympics were the propaganda machine that made Nazi Germany seem just human enough to trust. WWII has been an interest of mine, especially focusing on the Holocaust because, as George Santayana once said "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat It," and the atrocities committed should never be forgotten. A great addition for history collectors. – Recommended by Jennifer
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Colonial Wrought Iron: The Sorber Collection

Get a glimpse of early colonial history with this wrought iron work from the Sorber Collection. I'm drawn in by the uniqueness of this topic and of the ornate work included. This would be a lovely addition to a history collection. – Recommended by Jennifer
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Hockey is my game,

For the hockey fan, here is an autobiography by Bobby Hull signed with a Christmas inscription by the Golden Jet himself. Known for his golden hair waving behind him as he sped down the ice and for having arguably the hardest shot in NHL history, the fear he struck into his opponents did not translate to his interactions with fans. Probably a Christmas gift in 1967, this book would make a great 2021 Christmas gift. – Recommended by Ryan
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Film and Music

BEFORE THE CHOP LA Weekly Articles 2011 - 2012

A collection of articles by the legendary punk, Henry Rollins. Rollins rose to prominence in the early '80s as the charismatic and dynamic front man for Black Flag, and has continued to stay relevant in the recent decades with his art, writings, activism, and spoken word recordings. – Recommended by Connie
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Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre

The now classic retro-dystopian future vision, The Demon Days. Incisive and witty, brutally so. Albarn, Hewlett, & Co. in a chronicle of the formative years and how they achieved peak performance, even if they are only figments of the imagination. The multi-media onslaught would not be complete without this now out-of-print book. – Recommended by Joseph
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Mister Rogers Talks with Parents

For a generation or two of children born in America, Fred Rogers needs no introduction. An innovator of children's education Mr. Rogers. incorporated music, documentary film, and imaginative fantasy to encourage children to be confident, self-aware, and move out into the world with a sense of wonder. This book turns its attention to the parents, however, and features a cornucopia of suggestions for reading, playtime, and even how to discuss some tougher issues. It also demonstrates a forward-looking perspective on issues such as media influence on child self-esteem, which rings truer than ever these days. – Recommended by Ben
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Science Fiction and Fantasy

Lord of the Rings Boxed Set U/P

It's hardly an exaggeration to say J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece set the standard for all fantasy novels that came after it. With this book, all three titles have been collected and handsomely bound, including the mapwork designed by Tolkien to further flesh out his world. A perfect gift for any nerd, fantasy fanatic, or precocious young reader in your life. – Recommended by Lane
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Gawds & Demi-Gawds (Hackmaster)

I chose this book because Dungeons and Dragons is a very popular game. I love fantasy and science fiction. This would make a great gift for a player of the game with helpful tips and guidance. – Recommended by Karen
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Nonfiction

How to Win Friends and Influence People

A writer and lecturer is often able to reach a good amount of people, but to continually influence people 80 years later is a hard feat to achieve. Dale Carnegie is one of the best to do that. Given the simple, yet effective steps needed to influence people, Carnegie created a simple flow for people to reach others. Still being used to this day, this book is an excellent gift or addition to a collection especially with the author's signature. – Recommended by Sam
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Trader Vic's Bartender's Guide, Revised

Who doesn't enjoy a good drink every now and again? No matter the occasion, this collection of cocktails has something to wet anyone's whistle! From fruity and fun to timeless traditionals, you'll find something to please any palate. – Recommended by Kevin
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Metropolitan Life

From writing to acting, Fran Lebowitz has lived a life and experienced a lot. This being her first novel really set the tone of her sardonic type of comedy she will be known for. With the added bonus of the book being signed, it will make a great gift or addition to a collection. – Recommended by Sam
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Outlyer and Ghazals

An early book of poetry inscribed by the late Jim Harrison, one of the most prolific and catholic of writers in the final decades of the 20th century. His poetry never found the audience of his novels but is nevertheless a vital part of his oeuvre and a fascinating look inside his mind. The personal touch of being handled and gifted by Harrison helps connect a people with a famous figure otherwise detached and abstracted. – Recommended by Charlie
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Tell It All: The Story of a Life's Experience in Mormonism, an Autobiography

With an introduction by Harriet Beecher Stowe, this book tells the story of Thomas and Franny Stenhouse, who were Mormon missionaries in Europe who emigrated to Salt Lake City in 1855. In 1870, Fanny and Thomas Stenhouse became followers of William S. Godbe, a critic of Brigham Young. The Stenhouses were against polygamy and were excommunicated from the LDS Church. Franny wrote their story in 1875. This is a first edition that would be perfect for those who study religion or historians of the Mormon Church. – Recommended by Tracie
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Voodoo in Haiti

Classic midcentury account of the mysterious and captivating voodoo religion as practiced in Haiti. For those who find themselves intrigued by the idea of voodoo, but lack any knowledge beyond media representations, any information is good information.– Recommended by Kevin
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Children's Books

Di Kats Der Payats: The Cat In The Hat (Yiddish Edition)

The Cat in the Hat, first published in 1957, is one children's book that started a revolution in how primers were published. An immediate success upon publication and a high point in children's collectible books of the modern era. Our First Edition of The Cat in the Hat would make any collector proud. – Recommended by Kenneth
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)

Now a classic, as it first appeared. A treasure that will be remembered every year when the Grinch rolls around. Stole Christmas, indeed. – Recommended by Kenneth
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The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, Book 7)

CS Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. His Narnia series is well known both for its effect on the genre which has come to be known as "young adult fiction," and its clever theological overtones. This second printing of the first edition features the delicate ornations of Pauline Baynes. – Recommended by Ben
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